The decision to undergo reconstructive surgery following breast cancer is a very personal one. The plastic surgeons at The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery provide all of the information, answers and guidance you need to decide what is right for you.
Here are four things to think about as you consider your options:
1. Seek out information about your reconstruction options early. Depending on where you are in the breast cancer treatment process, you may not be ready to discuss reconstruction yet – it's a personal decision. If you do feel ready to discuss your options, doing so early may provide more options. For example, some women are good candidates to have their breast reconstruction performed at the same time as their mastectomy.
2. Know that a delayed procedure is probably an option. Some women are not ready to have their breasts reconstructed at the time of mastectomy. This could be for reasons emotional, physical or entirely personal. And that is completely fine – your breast reconstruction is based on your goals and wishes following cancer treatment. There may also be ongoing cancer treatments that need to be completed before reconstruction can be performed. Know that a delayed procedure is always an option for reconstruction candidates.
3. Ask our plastic surgeons how an implant-based procedure differs from a flap procedure. Breast reconstruction can be performed with saline or silicone breast implants, but it can also be performed with a flap of tissue harvested from your abdomen, back or elsewhere (provided you are a good candidate for it). These flap-based procedures require plastic surgeons who are trained and experienced in the method. Both of our plastic surgeons have performed many hundreds of them, and they can discuss the difference between your various options.
4. Rest assured we will help you consider all potential options. Our plastic surgeons know from their many years of experience that no single option works for every woman. Instead, your breast reconstruction should be a highly customized approach to your body, your health and your expectations.
If you live in Denver, Lone Tree or the surrounding areas and would like to learn more about our breast reconstruction practice, please call The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery at 720-457-4461. We look forward to meeting you to discuss your candidacy and options for reconstructive surgery.